[Update: Jason Calacanis has issued a correction. See “Update 2” below.]
Jason Calacanis, co-founder of Weblogs, Inc. and owner of Mahalo.com, has just posted an interesting Twitter message on his account: “sad:Just found out AOL is asking Weblogs,Inc. bloggers to blog 4 free.If that is true it is very unfair http://tinyurl.com/freeblogging“. Weblogs, Inc. is one of the most prominent blogging networks throughout the blogosphere, and if this is true, it could be a sign of rough times ahead for blog networks.
I’m sure this story will be developing with time. This could have serious impacts on various blogging networks, their employees, and questioning how much bloggers are truly worth. I’ll update this article if any additional news is released.
[Update 1: I should add that our sister site BlogHerald reported that Weblogs, Inc. blogers are only paid around $4 per post around 3 years ago. That is already a fairly low rate, and I’m thinking that Jason Calacanis is right.]
[Update 2: Jason Calacanis has made a correction and has informed me that it is the bloggers themselves, not AOL or Weblogs, Inc., who are blogging for free to try and protect their blogs.]
[Update 3: TechCrunch has just posted some in-depth coverage of this story.]